Diploma in Organic Land Care

Are you looking

  • To live and work in a way that is congruent with your personal values?
  • For gardening skills that are relevant in these times of environmental and social change?
  • For a career that satisfies your need to make a meaningful contribution to your community?

For over a decade Gaia College has been working to transform horticulture education. Our courses integrate essential knowledge of ecology, permaculture and organic gardening to build a solid foundation for employment, self-employment, or simply greater personal enjoyment.


Overview

Upon completion of 4 core courses and 1 elective, students earn the Gaia College Diploma in Organic Land Care. Each of these courses focuses on a unique aspect of organic land care:

ONLINE CORE COURSES

SketchUp Pro for Landscape Design should be taken as a pre-requisite or co-requisite to Ecological Landscape Design

ONLINE ELECTIVE COURSES

All courses are offered on a part-time access basis to allow students to continue to work while studying. Students can combine online courses with classroom courses, regardless of where they are offered. Students can substitute classroom courses for online courses where applicable.

Courses can be taken individually and in no particular order (excepting SketchUp Pro for Landscape Design which is required before or concurrently with Ecological Landscape Design); we strongly suggest that everyone start with the Organic Master Gardener course.

The Gaia College Diploma in Organic Land Care fulfills the advanced education requirements for becoming a SOUL Certified Organic Land Care Professional.

CLASSROOM COURSE EQUIVALENTS

COURSES TAKEN THROUGH EDUCATIONAL PARTNERS

We recognize courses taken through Educational Partners, both online and classroom. 

Student Comment

I just wanted to say how much I appreciate still having access to class materials. It's been very useful, and a luxury compared to most post-secondary institutions. I really appreciate it! I think this should serve as real incentive for potential Gaia students, especially those that know the restrictions and inaccessibility of post-secondary course materials after graduation, because your student account is deactivated or you had to sell your texts. We get a lot for our course fee with Gaia. All the best, and keep up the good work. Brianna van de Wijngaard

Course Schedule

CORE COURSES Jan May Sep
Organic Master Gardener
Organic Horticulture Specialist
x x x
Ecological Plant Knowledge 1 - Natives   x x
SketchUp Pro for Landscape Design x x x
Ecological Landscape Design x x x

ELECTIVES
     
Business Skills for Land Care Professionals x   x
Growing Food 1 - Fundamentals x x x
Ecological Plant Knowledge 2 - Ornamentals   x x
Living Green Infrastructure     x
Rainwater Harvesting & Management x x x

Classroom Courses

Classroom courses varies by location and semester. Visit our classroom course page for more information. 

Diploma Costs

The total cost of acheiving the Diploma is $3995 (+GST), consisting of five courses (each $795 +GST) and an administrative fee of $20.00. The course fees are due upon registration in each course; the administrative fee due when submitting records of course completion. 

Students will receive the Diploma in Organic Land Care upon submitting records of course completion, together with a fee of $ 20.00.

Please contact us if further clarification is required.

Application and Payment

Once you have completed all requirements for the Diploma in Organic Land Care you may apply for the Diploma here:

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Please note: you must mail or email copies of your certificates from all the core courses and the elective course(s) with your application.